Canada's New Government invests more than $10.4 million in grade crossing improvements during Rail Safety Week



    OTTAWA, April 23 /CNW Telbec/ - In celebration of Rail Safety Week, the
Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, today announced that Canada's New Government will provide more
than $10.4 million for 103 safety improvement projects at railway crossings
across Canada.
    "Our country has one of the safest rail transportation systems," said
Minister Cannon. "Canada's New Government is making this important investment
to make it even safer for Canadians."
    Under Transport Canada's Grade Crossing Improvement Program, eligible
railway crossings are either upgraded, relocated or closed. Improvements may
include installing flashing lights and gates, adding gates or extra lights to
existing systems, linking crossing signals to nearby traffic lights, modifying
operating circuits, or adding new circuits or timing devices. The department
finances up to 80 per cent of the total cost of the improvements, with the
balance provided by the railways, municipalities or provinces and territories.
    "Although accident rates and crossing fatalities have reached their
lowest levels in 10 years, improving safety at crossings is a priority for
Canada's New Government," added Minister Cannon. "This funding will allow us
to continue to work with rail companies and communities to improve the safety
of rail crossings for motorists and pedestrians throughout Canada."
    Transport Canada supports other initiatives to improve safety at railway
crossings, such as Operation Lifesaver, a public education program of the
Railway Association of Canada that has promoted safety at railway crossings
since 1981.

    A backgrounder on railway crossing facts and a list of the crossings
scheduled for improvements are attached.

    

                                 Backgrounder
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                       RAILWAY CROSSING FACTS AND TIPS
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    - There are approximately 55,000 public, private and pedestrian
      highway/railway crossings in Canada.
    - In 2006, 28 people were seriously injured in 248 highway/railway
      crossing collisions.
    - Approximately 50 per cent of vehicle/train collisions occur at
      crossings with active warning devices (gates, lights, bells).
    - Trains cannot stop quickly. An average freight train travelling at
      100 km/h requires about 1.1 kilometres to stop. A passenger train
      travelling at 120 km/h requires about 1.6 kilometres to stop. That's
      14 football fields!
    - Look for the crossbuck symbol of a highway/railway crossing. Some
      more-travelled highway/railway crossings have lights and bells or
      gates.
    - Listen for warning bells and whistles. Turn off, or turn down,
      distracting fans, heaters and radios until the crossing is safely
      cleared. Opening the window helps you to hear better.
    - Never drive around lowered gates - it's illegal and deadly. If you
      suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the 1-800 number posted on or
      near the crossing signal or your local law enforcement agency.
    - Never race a train to the crossing - even in a tie, you lose.
    - Do not get trapped on the tracks. Only proceed through a
      highway/railway crossing if you are sure you can completely clear the
      crossing without stopping. Remember, the train is three feet wider than
      the tracks on both sides.
    - If your vehicle stalls on the tracks at a crossing, immediately get
      everyone out and far away from the tracks. Move in the direction that
      the train is approaching from to avoid being hit by debris, because the
      momentum of the train will sweep your vehicle forward.
    - At a multiple-track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch out for
      a second train on the other tracks, approaching in either direction.
    - Railway tracks, trestles, yards and equipment are private property.
      Walking or playing on them is illegal - trespassers are subject to
      arrest and fines. Too often the penalty is death.
    - In 2006, at least 59 people were killed while trespassing on railway
      property.
    - Do not walk, run, cycle or operate all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on
      railway tracks or rights-of-way or through tunnels.
    - Cross tracks only at designated pedestrian or railway crossings.
      Observe and obey all warning signs and signals.
    - Do not attempt to hop aboard railway equipment at any time. A slip of
      the foot can cost you a limb, or your life.

                                                                  April 2007


                                 Backgrounder
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           GRADE CROSSING IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM FUNDING RECIPIENTS
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                                                                     FEDERAL
                                                                CONTRIBUTION
    PROVINCE      LOCATION     ROAD          IMPROVEMENT              (up to)
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    British       Langley       Smith        Flashing lights,    $222,080
    Columbia                    Crescent     bells and gates and
                                             constant warning
                                             time device
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    British       Langley       Smith        Interconnection to  $615,500
    Columbia                    Crescent     traffic signals and
                                             safety improvements
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    Alberta       Carseland     Highway 24   Active advance      $ 77,600
                                             warning sign /
                                             prepare-to-stop sign
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    Alberta       Carseland     Highway 24   Active advance      $ 52,000
                                             warning sign /
                                             prepare-to-stop sign
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    Alberta       Eltham        Highway 23   Active advance      $  9,600
                                             warning sign /
                                             prepare-to-stop sign
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    Alberta       Eltham        Highway 23   Active advance      $ 52,000
                                             warning sign /
                                             prepare-to-stop sign
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    Alberta       Lacombe       Wolf Creek   Gates, constant     $216,696
                                Drive        warning time device
                                             and interconnection
                                             to traffic signals
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    Alberta       Lethbridge    Sunnyside    Flashing lights,    $185,600
                                Rd           bells, gates and
                                             motion sensing
                                             device
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    Alberta       Parkland      Range Road   Raise crossing      $ 55,184
                                61           approach grade
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    Alberta       Wildwood      Highway 22   Short-arm gates     $112,080
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    Saskatchewan  Asquith       N-S-Grid     Flashing lights,    $233,840
                                Rd           bells and gates and
                                             constant warning
                                             time device
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    Saskatchewan  Broadview     East         Flashing lights,    $202,560
                                Access Rd    bells and gates and
                                             constant warning
                                             time device
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    Saskatchewan  Ituna         Hubbard      Flashing lights,    $233,360
                                             bells and gates and
                                             constant warning
                                             time device
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    Saskatchewan  Midale        College      Flashing lights,    $229,120
                                Avenue       bells and gates and
                                             constant warning
                                             time device and LED
                                             lights
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    Saskatchewan  Pilot Butte   Highway      Gates, constant     $218,480
                                1-8-40       warning time device
                                             and LED lights
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    Saskatchewan  Regina        Campbell     Flashing lights,    $226,880
                                St           bells and gates and
                                             constant warning
                                             time device
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    Saskatchewan  Semans        N-S Grid     Flashing lights,    $238,640
                                Rd           bells and gates and
                                             constant warning
                                             time device
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Saskatchewan  Yarbo         Highway 80   Gates and constant  $145,840
                                             warning time device
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    Manitoba      Gilbert       Main St      LED lights          $  5,200
                  Plains
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    Manitoba      Oakville      Highway 13   LED lights,         $ 99,280
                                             modification to
                                             warning system and
                                             prepare-to-stop sign
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    Manitoba      Oakville      Highway 14   Prepare-to-stop     $ 96,853.38
                                             sign
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    Manitoba      Ste Anne      Traverse St  Gates and constant  $162,320
                                             warning time device
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    Manitoba      Village of    Gregg Rd     Flashing lights,    $233,360
                  Gregg                      bells, gates and
                                             constant warning
                                             time device
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Manitoba      Village of    Road 80W     Flashing lights,    $233,360
                  Gregg                      bells, gates and
                                             constant warning
                                             time device
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Manitoba      Winnipeg      Burrows      Backlights and LED  $ 11,800
                                Avenue       lights
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    Manitoba      Winnipeg      Wellington   LED lights          $  8,368
                                Crescent
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    Ontario       Belleville    Geddes St    Pedestrian maze     $  8,080
                                             barrier
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    Ontario       Belleville    Moria St     Pedestrian maze     $  2,440
                                             barrier
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ontario       Brockville    Eric         Gates and constant  $193,360
                                Hutcheson    warning time device
                                Rd
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ontario       Cambridge     Cherry       Flashing lights,    $ 98,200
                                Blossom Rd   bells and gates
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    Ontario       Cambridge     Fountain Rd  Gates               $102,800
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ontario       Cambridge     Fountain St  Gates, constant     $217,440
                                             warning time device
                                             and interconnection
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    Ontario       Chapple       Huziak Rd    Levelling and       $ 34,904.60
                                             widening approaches
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    Ontario       Cobourg       George St    Gates and constant  $219,520
                                             warning time device
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    Ontario       Gravenhurst   David St     Cul-de-sac          $ 49,183.20
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ontario       Heron Bay     Highway 627  Gates and constant  $280,240
                                             warning time device
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    Ontario       London        Brady Drive  Flood Lights        $ 11,200
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ontario       London        Burwell St   Turning basins      $  3,520
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ontario       London        Manning      Flood Lights        $ 11,200
                                Drive
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ontario       London        Richmond St  Pedestrian gates    $102,520
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ontario       Milton        Market       Luminaries          $  8,960
                                Drive
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    Ontario       Niagara       Miller Rd    Gates, additional   $210,560
                                             lights and constant
                                             warning time device
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    Ontario       Oliver        Vilbert Rd   Flashing lights,    $263,120
                  Paipoogne                  bells and gates
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    Ontario       Quinte West   Stoney       Right-hand turn     $139,260
                                Point Rd     and merge lane
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    Ontario       Renfrew       Gillian Rd   Gates, extra signal $ 84,080
                                             masts, LED lights
                                             and interconnection
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    Ontario       Renfrew       O'Brien Rd   Gates, extra signal $ 84,080
                                             masts, LED lights
                                             and interconnection
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    Ontario       Renfrew       O'Brien Rd   Reconstruct         $367,136
                              / Gillian Rd   intersection
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    Ontario       Spencerville  Frederick    Road approach grade $133,520
                                St           and widening
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    Ontario       Spencerville  Frederick    Flashing lights,    $235,360
                                St           bells, gates and
                                             constant warning
                                             time device
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ontario       Springwater   Grenfel Rd   Gates and constant  $238,000
                                             warning time device
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    Ontario       Sudbury       Second Rd    Flashing lights,    $207,200
                                             bells, gates and
                                             constant warning
                                             time device
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ontario       Sudbury       Second Rd    Grade lift of       $ 92,400
                                             approaches
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    Ontario       Thames        Crampton     Flashing lights     $168,960
                  Centre        Drive        and bells
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    Ontario       Thames        Cromarty     Flashing lights     $167,520
                  Centre        Drive        and bells
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    Ontario       Thames        Dorchester   Flashing lights     $146,320
                  Centre        Rd           and bells
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    Ontario       Thames        Harriets-    Flashing lights     $146,320
                  Centre        ville Drive  and bells
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    Ontario       Thunder Bay   Arthur St    Signals,            $ 86,083.20
                                             cantilevers and
                                             LED lights
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    Ontario       Tydeninaga    Mowbray Rd   Turning basins      $ 41,894
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    Quebec        Chibougamau   Route 113    LED lights and      $ 46,080
                                             pre-emption
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    Quebec        Chibougamau   Route 167    Pre-emption         $ 19,760
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    Quebec        Coaticook     Rue Thornton LED lights          $  2,000
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    Quebec        Compton       Chemin       LED lights          $  2,000
                                Perras
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    Quebec        Compton       Chemin       LED lights          $  2,000
                                Station
                                Compton
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    Quebec        Contrecoeur   Chemin       LED lights          $  5,360
                                Saint-Antoine
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    Quebec        Contrecoeur   Chemin       LED lights          $ 11,840
                                Saint-Roch
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    Quebec        Dixville      Chemin       LED lights          $  2,000
                                Cowhard
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    Quebec        Dixville      Rue Lessard  LED lights          $  2,500
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec        Drummondville Rue Lindsay  Constant warning    $ 45,280
                                             time device
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec        Lac-Mégantic  Route 161    LED lights          $  5,473.60
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec        Lefebvre      12e Rang     LED lights          $  2,000
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    Quebec        Lefebvre      Chemin       LED lights          $  2,500
                                Beaudoin
                                Nord
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    Quebec        Lefebvre      Rue Playard  LED lights          $  3,000
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    Quebec        Les Cèdres    Chemin       Constant warning    $200,240
                                Saint-       time device
                                Féréol
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec        Magog         Chemin de    Mast, signal and    $ 19,276
                                la Rivière   LED lights
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec        Melbourne     Route 143    LED lights          $  2,000
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec        Montreal      Rue O'Brien  Traffic lights,     $ 78,200
                                             flashing lights,
                                             bells and gates
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec        Notre-Dame-   Chemin du    LED lights          $  5,360
                  du-Portage    Lac
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    Quebec        Portneuf      Route 138    Pre-emption and     $ 48,640
                                             LED lights
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec        Québec        Boul         LED lights          $ 11,840
                                Père-Lelièvre
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    Quebec        Rivière-à-    Chemin       Pre-emption         $ 35,040
                  Pierre        Saint-Raymond
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    Quebec        Rosemère      Chemin de    Advance             $156,500
                                la           pre-emption
                                Grande-Côte
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec        Rosemère      Chemin de    Traffic lights      $ 47,117
                                la
                                Grande-Côte
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    Quebec        Sainte-       Route 227    Mast, cantilever,   $ 96,080
                  Madeleine                  gates and lights
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec        Sherbrooke    Chemin       LED lights          $  2,000
                                Nichol
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    Quebec        Sherbrooke    Rue Mills    Lights and mast     $ 23,096
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec        Saint-        Chemin du    LED lights          $  7,360
                  Boniface      rang 7
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    Quebec        Saint-Casimir Route 363    Pre-emption         $ 49,440
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    Quebec        Saint-        Autoroute    LED lights          $ 11,040
                  Hyacinthe     20
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    Quebec        Saint-Jean-   Rue          Gates               $145,120
                  sur-Richelieu Carillon
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    Quebec        Saint-Liboire 7e Rang      LED lights          $  2,000
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    Quebec        Saint-Liboire Rue Saint-   LED lights          $  3,500
                                Patrice
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    Quebec        Saint-Norbert Route 347    Pre-emption         $ 38,640
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    Quebec        Saint-Octave  Chemin       Cantilever and      $148,337.60
                  de Métis      Kempt        gates
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    Quebec        Saint-Pacôme  Route 230    Pre-emption         $ 47,280
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    Quebec        Saint-        Montée       Flashing lights,    $242,240
                  Philippe      Monette      bells, gates and
                                             cantilever
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec        Saint-        Route 217    Gates, flashing     $275,760
                  Philippe                   lights, cantilever
                                             and constant
                                             warning time device
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Quebec        Terrasse-     3e Avenue    Pedestrian gates    $ 78,960
                  Vaudreuil
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    Quebec        Terrasse-     3e Avenue    Pedestrian gate     $ 36,480
                  Vaudreuil                  and LED lights
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    Quebec        Upton         20e Rang     LED lights          $  2,500
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    Quebec        Verchères     Calixa-      LED lights          $  5,360
                                Lavallée
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    Quebec        Verchères     Montée       LED lights          $  5,360
                                Lapierre
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    Quebec        West Brome    Chemin       LED lights          $  5,473.60
                                West Brome
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    New           Baker Brook   Rue des      Gates and flashing  $141,440
    Brunswick                   Ormes        lights
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    Total                                                     $10,456,456.18
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                                                                  April 2007
    




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